Proposal #24

 

Show Them We Care Foundation
P.O. Box 1225
Warrensburg, MO 64093
      (660) 747-6390
    
www.showthemwecare.com 

Andrew and Audrey Emerson, Founders

Need Help? Call Show Them We Care

 

August 24, 2004

Bob, (use comma because this is a close, personal relationship!)

Greetings in Jesus’ Name! It was great to talk to you again yesterday. I know you’re struggling with some difficult things and what’s going on–it isn’t what you really may have "dreamed of" or it may not allow you what you wanted. . . But despite all your hesitation, God has a plan. And you have the opportunity to really make a difference in the game that matters–the game of life. They NEED you. Hang in there–you can do it with God’s help–and I’ll be here for you, too.

I look forward to being back in touch with you as you move along. Keep me posted! We are excited about what God is doing and look forward to partnering together. I’ll be praying for you! As you could probably tell, I am very excited about the Youth Excited about Sports (Y.E.S.) program that I started here in Warrensburg. I am very encouraged about what God is doing–I have seen Him move so much through the youth, parents, coaches, and others involved in our program!

I am very excited about the growth and potential of the organization to reach out to the youth and families of the area and share Jesus with them through sports. It’s fun to see a young person respond to the attention of a coach or to see them "beam from ear to ear" after hearing a positive word of encouragement about their play from a mentor. We are not just teaching positive values, character qualities, or team-building: We are teaching Jesus–we are His "arms and legs!" It has been very rewarding–we have made a very positive contribution to the youth and their families of the area.

But we are at a critical time, too. We desperately need to get to the next level in order to minister to more of the hurting children and families of our community. And the next step in the process of upgrading the program–is to enhance the financial base in order to provide scholarships and uniforms to those who cannot afford them, to provide quality referees for events, and to purchase equipment that is desperately needed. We really need help us at this critical time. We need your help to share Jesus with these children. Affording the program fees is harder and harder for our average family with two or three children involved. Worse yet, program fees keep many more families out of our program. The Gospel MUST NOT be reduced to availability "only for the rich" and yet we are allowing as many with waivers as we possibly can at this time. John 3:16 says, ". . . whosoever believes . . ." This open invitation is foundational to the church. How can it not apply to a "Christian sports ministry?" Jesus Christ himself said, in no uncertain words, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me . . ." (Matthew 19:14). I cannot accept that our Lord had meant all the children except the poor, disadvantaged youth.

Y.E.S. has been able to keep up with the demands fairly well–but we are facing an increasing amount of pressure because of infrastructure needs. Please look over the attached proposal and call me to allow me to discuss it and the possibility of its’ funding with you. We need your one-time gift, your ongoing support, or anything that you can do to help us share Jesus in a BIG way with the at-risk and disadvantaged group of youth in the Warrensburg area and their families.

Thank you, Brother. May God bless you, your family, your game, and the ministry that He has called you to do.

 

 

Show Them We Care Foundation
P.O. Box 1225
Warrensburg, MO 64093
      (660) 747-6390
    
www.showthemwecare.com 

Andrew and Audrey Emerson, Founders

Need Help? Call Show Them We Care

 

August 24, 2004

Mr. Bob Winford, Director
The Winford Family Foundation
P.O. Box 1225
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Dear Bob,

Greetings in The Name of Jesus!

Youth Excited about Sports is making a difference in the lives of at-risk, underprivileged youth in the Warrensburg Metropolitan area. Youth Excited about Sports (Y.E.S.) is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of sports by incorporating Christian values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, fair-play, and character building while also teaching youth to have fun. And the youth of today NEED us!

The youth of today are hurting and desperately need someone like us to be there for them! Parents don’t understand them, most authorities can’t reach them, and the system can’t deal with them.

They are part of a generation slipping through our fingers. We are losing them to suicide, gangs, drug and alcohol abuse, pregnancy, crime, and violence. Consider the following Kids Count information for our area:
• There are 1.7 million residents of the Warrensburg metropolitan area; 25% are under 18 years of age.
• Three children in our area runs away from home every day.
• More than 9,575 children have experienced disclosed child abuse/neglect in the past year.
• Ten students drop out of high school ever day.
• About 66% of the youth in the area will use alcohol three times per month by the time they are seniors.

All the while, statistics indicate that their parents or another meaningful adult seem to be either physically or emotionally absent to most children and youth:
• The average youth spends 38 seconds a week in meaningful interaction with a parent.
• Single parent families represent half of the families in America. Many of these parents work two jobs and are often gone for long periods of time.
• In a typical year, more than one-third of all children in the United States will not even see their dad.

The pre-teen and teen world today is a radically different place than their parents ever experienced. Due to this lack of understanding, there is a major "disconnect" taking place among our youth. In a Newsweek article dated April 8, 2000, General Colin Powell, current Secretary of State of the United States, stated "The problem of troubled youth is the biggest threat to the future of the United States. The amazing thing about this problem is that we know what the solution is. . . a memorable positive life experience and a relationship with a caring adult: a teacher, a mentor, a coach, or a parent."

Youth Excited about Sports was created to reach out to this important group of youth.

We provide year-round sports opportunities for the youth of the Warrensburg metropolitan area. Baseball and softball, basketball, bowling, and soccer–making these sports opportunities available to ALL of the youth of our area that desire to participate.

In fact, Y.E.S. was established to provide quality athletic instruction, as well as to offer children, parents, and coaches the excitement of youth sports. Competition is an important part of all of our lives. It is not a winning or losing philosophy–but a valuable life lesson that builds character, self-esteem, and friendships. It is important to give youth the opportunity to participate in a positive atmosphere and be exposed to quality mentors. We are about building self-esteem and character in our kids. We look forward to taking a leadership role in the community and serve as advocates for ALL youth. Y.E.S.'s commitment is to strive for excellence in all we do.

Young people will learn moral lessons and develop positive character. They will learn about what is and is not appropriate interactions between individuals and groups in society. They will learn about fairness and respect as-well-as lessons about healthy competition and sportsmanship. These lessons, learned in youth sports, can AND will influence how they live out their lives as adults.

Providing directed efforts to create a program that is inline with traditional Christian values is and accessible regardless of race, gender, religion and ethnic culture, AND WITHOUT regard to financial considerations is important to us. We'll achieve this by having trained staff, parent involvement and qualified volunteer assistance. The result will be that youth will begin to develop values such as self-respect, character, compassion and caring for each other, and fairness. Providing coaches with the understanding that the sporting arena is a classroom–the kids are the students and the coach ids the teacher. Just as teachers may use books and chalk boards as their tools to educate, we use sporting programs to identify and develop those characteristics that are valuable in all aspects of life. These lessons will go far beyond the immediate activity and in turn set the foundation for ongoing development to take place.

Providing experiences that develop physical, mental, and social well-being especially for those of disadvantaged circumstances. Assuring all boys and girls can afford to belong. Awarding scholarships based on academic achievement, athletic ability, character, etc.

Please consider our request and respond favorably. If you need additional information, please feel free to call me at (660) 747-6390. Please accept my sincere "thanks" for your leadership in the area of caring for the needs of our youth. We believe, as you do, that the youth are the most valuable natural resource we have, and without them our country has a dramatically reduced future. I am proud of you and what you are doing for the youth of Warrensburg and around the country.

Respectfully Requested,

 

Andrew Emerson, Founder and President
Youth Excited about Sports, Incorporated

Enclosure

 

Show Them We Care Youth Excited about Sports
Summary Page

Mission and Vision Statements:
Youth Excited about Sports (Y.E.S.) is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of sports by incorporating Christian values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, fair-play, and character-building while having fun. Our vision is to create an atmosphere where kids love to play sports. Y.E.S. will change the very nature of what it means to be a youth sports coach by relentlessly promoting positive coaching techniques and quality instruction to all children. We will do this by providing opportunity to develop traits and attributes useful in other dimensions of life. Motivated by the joy of sport, young people will discover a place to test themselves and to experience getting back up after getting knocked down. Goal-setting, discipline, leadership, teamwork, and resilience will lead to success in school and the workplace, as well as on the playing field. Many successful adults attribute their success to "life lessons" learned in the crucible of competitive sports–we will allow our youth to experience the same.

We will utilize collective resources from the community, businesses, sponsors, organizations, and anyone who wants to help our program to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. To that end, Youth Excited about Sports will provide:
• A safe place to learn and grow.
• Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals.
• Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.
• Hope and opportunity for all children and youth.

Target Market and Geographic Area Served:
We have approximately 385,000 children and youth in the Warrensburg metropolitan area. An estimated 150,000 of them are considered underprivileged, disadvantaged, at-risk youth. More than 90% of the at-risk children are from single-parent families which have incomes below the poverty level. We do not exclude any child the opportunity to be a part of our program.

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Organizational Description:
Show Them We Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in The State of Florida in 1980 and is governed by a Board of Directors of six (See Page 4). We operate under the umbrella of the National Heritage Foundation (See attached I.R.S. Letter of Determination).

Primary Contact:
Andrew Emerson, Founder                 (660) 747-6390, Voice
Show Them We Care Foundation      (660) 111-2222, Cell
P.O. Box 1225                                       
Andrew@showthemwecare.org
Warrensburg, MO 64093                     Web site: www.showthemwecare.org

Financial Request and Purpose:
The needs of an expanding organization like ours are significant. Our current and immediate needs are such that we are asking you for a one-time grant or a monthly committment toward our program and operating budget (See Page 3). A grant of $ 25,000 or any portion would be greatly appreciated.

Evaluation and Accountability:
The progress and effectiveness of Show Them We Care is seen in reporting of the staff, management, and Board. Because we are committed to integrity, we are willing to complete any reasonable evaluative measure.

Show Them We Care Youth Excited about Sports
Proposal

Our Strategic Plan:
Y.E.S. is dedicated to preparing the youth of Warrensburg and surrounding areas to learn valuable life lessons that build goal setting skills, leadership and resilience. Y.E.S. is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of sports by incorporating Christian values such as sportsmanship, team work, cooperation, fair-play, and character building while having fun. We have experienced tremendous success. We transcended the mere words of our vision and created an interactive and educational program that has only one focus. . . OUR YOUTH. The soccer, bowling, basketball, baseball, softball, and tee-ball programs have all been successful. We are now anticipating the expansion, growth, and development of all programs and an increased involvement of the youth. Our success reflects the hard work of parents and volunteers. Their dedication to improving the quality of sporting programs is the key ingredient to achieving the fundamentals for which we were founded.

Y.E.S. continues to grow, successfully reaching out to Warrensburg’s youth. We care about the future of our youth. With the dedication of coaches and volunteers, we will continue to provide opportunities for area children to spread their wings, gain mentors and friends, and succeed at the sports they love.

Goals and Measurable Outcomes:
Y.E.S. goals and objectives are the core foundation of our efforts. In order to develop and sustain a program that will benefit the children, we have established the following OBJECTIVES to support the GOALS of the organization:
• Y.E.S. parents, coaches, and volunteers will stimulate the interest of children at practice where they learn and develop their sports skills through fun and challenging drills.
• Y.E.S. coaches will encourage the concept of team spirit at practices and games.
• All Y.E.S. leaders will educate, demonstrate and encourage values, tactics, and skills for sports.
• All Y.E.S. leaders will encourage ethical standards and good behavior through interaction, communication, and a positive attitude to develop team leaders and good players.
• Children will develop positive personal skills from various sports that will enhance determination, teamwork, cooperation, and sportsmanship.
• Y.E.S. will promote unity and understanding between teammates to create a positive social interaction during competition.
• Y.E.S. will provide opportunities for interpersonal contact among culturally diversified children involved in the program.
• Y.E.S. will provide each participant with personal equipment required to participate if they cannot afford to acquire the equipment themselves.
• Y.E.S. will provide each participant with positive role models who will listen, communicate, teach, and play sports with the children involved in the program.

With the support of the community, coaches, and volunteers, Youth Excited about Sports will provide quality sports programs for the underprivileged children and youth of Warrensburg. We are motivated to do the best for our children and to provide them the opportunities to succeed in life.

Timing:
All Y.E.S. programs are ongoing and in process at this time. Bowling and Basketball start the first week in November. The only barrier to further expansion and implementation is financial.

Show Them We Care
Youth Excited about Sports

Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics for Parents

 

Parents’ Code of Conduct:

One of the many challenging aspects of coaching is to play the part of role model to our players. Behavior of our players on the field, for the most part, is extremely favorable. In the heat of the game, it isn't hard to get emotional. Nevertheless, we have an obligation to our players to reinforce teamwork and good sports-manship. Sometimes behavior of individuals off the field raises eyebrows. Like coaches, parents also must be the role models our children need to set a positive example. These guidelines will help provide an enjoyable experience for our players and other spectators.
• Set an example for sportsmanship for our children to follow
• Retain perspective, there are no major league scouts in the stands
• Do not criticize the umpires
• Do not criticize an opposing team, it's players, coaches or fans by word of mouth or gestures
• Do not be a "Grand Stand Manager"
• Remember that Coaches, Managers and League Officials are unpaid volunteers
• Do not propagate slanderous or hurtful gossip
• If there is a concern that needs to be discussed with the coach, refrain until after the game in a non-confrontational manner.

Parents’ Code of Ethics:

I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my child participating in youth sports by following this Parents' Code of Ethics Pledge:
• I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports event.
• I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of a personal desire to win.
• I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.
• I will support coaches and officials working with my child, in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.
• I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
• I will remember that the game is for youth-not for adults.
• I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child.
• I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials, with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.
• I promise to help my child enjoy the youth sports experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectable fan, assisting with coaching, or providing transportation.
• I will require that my child's coach be trained in the responsibilities of being a youth sports coach and that the coach upholds the Coaches' Code of Ethics.

I have read the above information including the Parents’ Code of Conduct and Parents Code of Ethics and agree that I will conduct myself in a manner that is positive and befitting a parent who is involved in the Youth Excited About Sports (Y.E.S.) program.

Child’s Name: _________________________________________

Parent’s Name: _________________________________________

Parent’s Signature: ______________________________________ Date: ___/___/___

 

 

Show Them We Care
Sports Code of Ethics and Bill of Rights for Players

 

Players’ Code of Ethics
• I hereby pledge to be positive about my youth sports experience and accept responsibility for my participation by following this Players' Code of Ethics Pledge.
• I will encourage good sportsmanship from fellow players, coaches, officials and parents at every game and practice by demonstrating good sportsmanship.
• I will attend every practice and game that I can, and will notify my coach if I cannot.
• I will do my very best to listen and learn from my coaches.
• I will treat my coaches, other players, officials and fans with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or abilities and I will expect to be treated accordingly.
• I deserve to have fun during my sports experience and will alert parents or coaches if it stops being fun!
• I deserve to play in an environment that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and expect adults to refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
• I will encourage my parents to be involved with my team in some capacity because it's important to me.
• I will do my very best in school.
• I will remember that sports is an opportunity to learn and have fun.

 

Bill of Rights for Young Athletes:
• The right to participate in sports.
• The right to participate at a level commensurate with each child's maturity and ability.
• The right to have qualified adult leadership.
• The right to play as a child not as an adult.
• The right to participate in safe and healthy environments.
• The right to equal opportunity to strive for success.
• The right to have fun in sports.

 

Winning and Losing:
• Winning is a component of competition, not the essence of it.
• The essence of competition is the process of competing and all that it entails.
• We have the responsibility to educate coaches, parents and most importantly, our children about the true meaning of winning and losing.
• Competition is not a measure of self worth. It is a way to measure our present abilities and efforts against the abilities and efforts of others. Increased self esteem is one of the primary positive benefits of sports.
• Competitive situations should be viewed as an area where we can have a positive effect on building character traits such as confidence, poise, self control, self esteem, discipline and the value of setting goals and striving to achieve them.
• Winning cannot be a goal in itself. However, all the components of competing can be goals which we achieve in order to win.
• When winning becomes the only goal, competition turns into conflict:

 

SPORTS ARE COMPETITIVE–WARS ARE CONFLICTS.

I have read the above information including the Code of Ethics and agree that I will conduct myself in a manner that is positive and befitting an athlete who is involved the Youth Excited About Sports (YES) program.

Parent’s Name: _________________________________________

Child’s Name: _________________________________________

Child’s Signature: ______________________________________ Date: ___/___/___

 

Youth Excited about Sports
Code of Ethics for Coaches

 

Coaches’ Code of Ethics:
• I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.
• I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.
• I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.
• I will promise to review and practice the basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players.
• I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.
• I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.
• I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
• I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach, and I will teach these rules to my players.
• I will use those coaching techniques appropriate for each of the skills that I teach.
• I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.

 

I had read the above information including the Coaches' Code of Ethics and agree that I will conduct myself in a manner that is positive to players, parents and others involved in the Youth Excited About Sports (YES) program.

Name: _________________________________________

Signature: ______________________________________ Date: ___/___/___